Stressed plants produce aspirin-like chemical

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have found that stressed plants produce an aspirin-like chemical, methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate is also known as oil of wintergreen. This semi-volatile plant hormone was detected in the air above the plants in the experiments conducted in a walnut grove near Davis, California. According to the scientists the chemical may be a sort of immune response that help protect the plants.

Acetylsalicylic acid, commonly called aspirin, had originally come from the bark of Willow trees. It had never been observed to be emitted as a gas. The researchers observed spikes in methyl salicylate after nighttime temperatures dipped low, which suggested the plants were reacting to cold stress. The peaks were higher during a dry period, pointing to combined stress of cold nighttime temperatures and mild drought.

These findings show tangible proof that plant-to-plant communication occurs on the ecosystem level.

Laboratory observations have shown that numerous plants produce methyl salicylate, but this is the first time the phenomenon has been observed in nature. Previous studies have shown that plants being eaten by animals produce chemicals that can be sensed by other plants. A study conducted in 1997 found that methyl salicylate is produced by tobacco plants inoculated with tobacco mosaic virus. Emitting methyl salicylate may be a means for the plants to warn other plants about a threat.

The finding may help to more readily identify plants under stress by monitoring for the airborne distress signal.

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Rhinoplasty: Makeup Tips For Women After Nose Surgery

Submitted by: Abigail Aaronson

Rhinoplasty is one of the safest and generally the most satisfying plastic surgeries in the market today that can give dramatic and long-lasting results. Yet, if you want to get those perfect results, you need to wait through quite a few weeks or a few months before all the swelling subsides.

It may even take a year until the final product is seen. So what should a girl do in the meantime? Luckily there is a whole bunch of cosmetics in the market that can help camouflage and conceal any bruising and discolorations until your nose completely heals.

It is common to expect some amount of swelling, bruising, discoloration and the presence of incision scars after the surgery. These are the body’s natural way of telling you that something traumatic just happened and that your body is trying to repair it. Still, no one would want everyone paying attention to your healing nose more than they do to you. You can rely on good cosmetics to minimize awkward stares.


Begin with a good concealer first, to cover up the bruises and incision lines. Concealers are much thicker than foundation and can basically erase some of the rhinoplasty-related blemishes. Always find a concealer that closely matches your skin color and is hypoallergenic to keep away from further irritation to your skin. Also choose a waterproof concealer so that the look lasts all day. It is usually best to apply a layer of your regular foundation after you apply the concealer to your bruises and scars, to get that finished look.

In case you have any discoloration of the skin around the surgery area, you can try color correctors. These are specifically designed to hide the unsightly colors that accompany bruising. Try a lavender corrector if you have a yellowish bruise and for the redder discolorations, apply green corrector. Finally make sure you finish with a layer of your own foundation to smoothen out the colors.

The swelling will normally last for a few weeks and there are also ways to disguise them. You can use different shades of a foundation in order to create the contouring effect. You can make your swollen nose look narrower, by applying a strip of foundation two shades lighter than your regular one down the center of your nose. Then apply strips of foundation that are two shades darker than your regular one along the sides of your nose and blend them together as much as you can. This will give an illusion of a thinner nose line, camouflaging any temporary swelling or inflammation.

However, it is advised you get your surgeons approval before you try any of these techniques. Generally they allow you to start wearing makeup just a few days after your surgery, but you will be asked to wait until your stitches have been removed to start covering up the incision lines.

Once you begin using makeup again, make sure the applicators you use are clean and that the products are non-oily and hypoallergenic. You must regularly remove the makeup with toner and cleanser each night. You must avoid an infection in the nose so that the swelling, bruising will not prolong.

If you are well versed with the know-how and application, makeup can be a very effective tool in helping conceal any bruises after your rhinoplasty procedure. You can certainly confident in your social life if you know how to use the camouflaging cosmetics.

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India’s Enforcement Directorate issues notice to Natwar Singh

Monday, September 4, 2006

India’s former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh has, for the first time, been directly accused by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his involvement in the Iraq oil scam. The ED, which is responsible for enforcing foreign exchange control laws, has alleged that Singh, along with his son Jagat Singh and three others, acquired foreign exchange worth $8.9 lakh illegally. The 18-page show-cause notice issued by the ED says the money was acquired by the accused, in violation of U.N regulations, in exchange for two oil contracts awarded to Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO).

Of the $8,90,000, $7,48,550 was allegedly transferred by them to an account in the Jordan National Bank, the remaining $1,46,247.23, which was the commission for the oil-contracts, was deposited with Barclays Bank, in the Channel Islands. The money was transferred to an account in the name of Indus Trading Company, which itself is owned by Andaleeb Sehgal, a friend of Mr. Singh.

The accused are required to respond to the show-cause notice (issued on the 2nd of September), which Natwar says is an attempt by the ED to “defame” him, within 30 days. The independent Pathak Commission’s report had stated that there was “no material evidence to show that Natwar Singh derived any financial or other personal benefits from the contracts.”

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Kitchen Remodeling And Refinishing New Jersey

Kitchen Remodeling and Refinishing New Jersey



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CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Michael McMahon running in Prince Edward—Hastings

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party candidate Michael McMahon is standing for election in the riding of Prince Edward—Hastings. McMahon moved to Windsor in 1951, getting a degree in education, teaching locally and in Papua New Guinea. He served as Branch President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), served on multiple of their major committees, and recently retired from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Wikinews contacted Michael McMahon, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

Since being redefined in 2003, the riding includes the County of Prince Edward and the County of Hastings (except the City of Quinte West). Conservative Party member Daryl Kramp currently represents the riding, after beating a Liberal in 2004. Ken Cole of the Liberals and Alan Coxwell of the Greens are also running in the riding.

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

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BDSM as business: An interview with the owners of a dungeon

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Torture proliferates American headlines today: whether its use is defensible in certain contexts and the morality of the practice. Wikinews reporter David Shankbone was curious about torture in American popular culture. This is the first of a two part series examining the BDSM business. This interview focuses on the owners of a dungeon, what they charge, what the clients are like and how they handle their needs.

When Shankbone rings the bell of “HC & Co.” he has no idea what to expect. A BDSM (Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism) dungeon is a legal enterprise in New York City, and there are more than a few businesses that cater to a clientèle that wants an enema, a spanking, to be dressed like a baby or to wear women’s clothing. Shankbone went to find out what these businesses are like, who runs them, who works at them, and who frequents them. He spent three hours one night in what is considered one of the more upscale establishments in Manhattan, Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, where according to The Village Voice, “you can take your girlfriend or wife, and have them treated with respect—unless they hope to be treated with something other than respect!”

When Shankbone arrived on the sixth floor of a midtown office building, the elevator opened up to a hallway where a smiling Rebecca greeted him. She is a beautiful forty-ish Long Island mother of three who is dressed in smart black pants and a black turtleneck that reaches up to her blond-streaked hair pulled back in a bushy ponytail. “Are you David Shankbone? We’re so excited to meet you!” she says, and leads him down the hall to a living room area with a sofa, a television playing an action-thriller, an open supply cabinet stocked with enema kits, and her husband Bill sitting at the computer trying to find where the re-release of Blade Runner is playing at the local theater. “I don’t like that movie,” says Rebecca.

Perhaps the most poignant moment came at the end of the night when Shankbone was waiting to be escorted out (to avoid running into a client). Rebecca came into the room and sat on the sofa. “You know, a lot of people out there would like to see me burn for what I do,” she says. Rebecca is a woman who has faced challenges in her life, and dealt with them the best she could given her circumstances. She sees herself as providing a service to people who have needs, no matter how debauched the outside world deems them. They sat talking mutual challenges they have faced and politics (she’s supporting Hillary); Rebecca reflected upon the irony that many of the people who supported the torture at Abu Ghraib would want her closed down. It was in this conversation that Shankbone saw that humanity can be found anywhere, including in places that appear on the surface to cater to the inhumanity some people in our society feel towards themselves, or others.

“The best way to describe it,” says Bill, “is if you had a kink, and you had a wife and you had two kids, and every time you had sex with your wife it just didn’t hit the nail on the head. What would you do about it? How would you handle it? You might go through life feeling unfulfilled. Or you might say, ‘No, my kink is I really need to dress in women’s clothing.’ We’re that outlet. We’re not the evil devil out here, plucking people off the street, keeping them chained up for days on end.”

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Bill & Rebecca, owners of Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, a BDSM dungeon.

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UN appeals for more aid for devastated Pakistan region

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, has sent out a plea for more aid for regions of Pakistan affected by this month’s devastating earthquake. He fears thousands could die if aid does not arrive soon.

The death toll from the earthquake is already feared to be at least 79,000.

“…Unlike some natural disasters, in which victims die immediately, the death toll in Pakistan is not over yet,” Annan says. “An estimated three million men, women and children are homeless. Many of them have no blankets or tents to protect them against the merciless Himalayan winter. That means a second, massive wave of death will happen if we do not step up our efforts now.

Helicopters and trucks are of the greatest need.

“The money to pay for those things has been lacking”, said Annan.”So far, we have received firm commitments for only 12 per cent of our appeal. That is $37 million US out of the $312 million that we need.”

During the massive relief effort for the Dec. 26 tsunami 80 percent of the appeal was filled in 10 days.

A major donor conference has been called for next week by Annan. He hopes it will help speed up aid.

“There are no excuses,” Annan also said. “If we are to show ourselves worthy of calling ourselves members of humankind, we must rise to this challenge.”

Emergency relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland said today that NATO needs to organize a massive air-lift if it wants to save lives.The evacuation needs to take place before winter sets in. The main taget would be small isolated villages.

NATO has been air-lifting in aid every day from it’s base in Germany. Another “air brigade” was added recently from Turkey.

The major airlift is needed “to get supplies in and people out,” Egeland told CBC News on Thursday.In order to shelter everyone who is homeless they need, “350,000 tents, which is a mind-boggling number, more than we know exist in the world, are needed…” “We have emptied all of our warehouses.”

Feeling the need to prevent the feared second wave of death, rescuers are in the process of making hard decisions. Aid workers have decided that, this weekend, the focus will switch from treating 87,000 injured to getting aid to the homeless.

“It’s a tough call but we have to face the fact that we’re going to save more lives by getting tents, shelter, food, and supplies up to the people who have nothing [rather] than continuing to bring the injured down,” said Capt. Edward Parsons, with the UN’s Humanitarian Relief Operation in Pakistan

Helicopters are “double tasking” in their trips to small villages. They drop off supplies then pick up the injured.However, the method is proving time-consuming, the need to speed up inward air-lifts is growing.

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